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Gender and the Politics of History

by Joan Wallach Scott Columbia University Press (January 23, 2018)

This landmark work from a renowned feminist historian is a foundational demonstration of the uses of gender as a conceptual tool for cultural and historical analysis. Joan Wallach Scott offers a trenchant critique...


Taming the Wild Horse

by Louis Komjathy Columbia University Press (March 21, 2017)

In thirteenth-century China, a Daoist monk named Gao Daokuan (1195-1277) composed a series of illustrated poems and accompanying verse commentary known as the Daoist Horse Taming Pictures. In this annotated...


Garden Variety

by John Hoenig Columbia University Press (November 21, 2017)

Chopped in salads, scooped up in salsa, slathered on pizza and pasta, squeezed onto burgers and fries, and filling aisles with roma, cherry, beefsteak, on-the-vine, and heirloom: where would American food, fast...


The Levittowners

by Herbert J. Gans & Harvey Molotch Columbia University Press (March 28, 2017)

In 1955, Levitt and Sons purchased most of Willingboro Township, New Jersey and built 11,000 homes. This, their third Levittown, became the site of one of urban sociology’s most famous community studies, Herbert...


Militarizing the Nation

by Zeinab Abul-Magd Columbia University Press (March 21, 2017)

Egypt’s army portrays itself as a faithful guardian “saving the nation.” Yet saving the nation has meant militarizing it. Zeinab Abul-Magd examines both the visible and often invisible efforts by Egypt’s...


Beyond the Handshake: Multilateral Cooperation in the Arab-Israeli Peace Process, 1991-1996

by Dalia Dassa Kaye Columbia University Press (August 14, 2012)

Arabs and Israelis have battled one another in political and military arenas, seemingly continuously, for some fifty years. The 1991 Madrid Peace Conference sought to change this pattern, launching bilateral...


The Columbia Guide to the Holocaust

by Donald L. Niewyk & Francis R. Nicosia Columbia University Press (July 24, 2012)

This invaluable resource provides a multidimensional survey of the Holocaust, essentially integrating five separate books into one comprehensive reference tool: a historical overview; a guide to Holocaust controversies;...


Turks, Moors, and Englishmen in the Age of Discovery

by Nabil Matar Columbia University Press (October 25, 2000)

During the early modern period, hundreds of Turks and Moors traded in English and Welsh ports, dazzled English society with exotic cuisine and Arabian horses, and worked small jobs in London, while the "Barbary...


A World Safe for Capitalism: Dollar Diplomacy and America's Rise to Global Power

by Cyrus Veeser Columbia University Press (August 14, 2002)

A World Safe for Capitalism unravels a little-known incident: a Wall Street corporation's takeover of the foreign debt, national railroad, and national bank of the Dominican Republic in the 1890s. Working with...


Limits of Westernization

by Perin E. Gürel Columbia University Press (May 30, 2017)

In a 2001 poll, Turks ranked the United States highest when asked: “Which country is Turkey’s best friend in international relations?” When the pollsters reversed the question—“Which country is Turkey’s...


The Book of Lord Shang

by Yang Shang & Yuri Pines Columbia University Press (March 07, 2017)

Compiled in China in the fourth–third centuries B.C.E., The Book of Lord Shang argues for a new powerful government to penetrate society and turn every man into a diligent tiller and valiant soldier. Creating...


A Theory of Imperialism

by Utsa Patnaik & Prabhat Patnaik Columbia University Press (October 25, 2016)

In A Theory of Imperialism, the economists Utsa Patnaik and Prabhat Patnaik present a new theory of the origins and mechanics of capitalism that sounds an alarm about its ongoing viability. Their theory centers...


Left-Wing Melancholia

by Enzo Traverso Columbia University Press (December 20, 2016)

The fall of the Berlin Wall marked the end of the Cold War but also the rise of a melancholic vision of history as a series of losses. For the political left, the cause lost was communism, and this trauma determined...


Japanese War Criminals

by Sandra Wilson, Robert Cribb, Beatrice Trefalt & Dean Aszkielowicz Columbia University Press (January 03, 2017)

Beginning in late 1945, the United States, Britain, China, Australia, France, the Netherlands, and later the Philippines, the Soviet Union, and the People’s Republic of China convened national courts to prosecute...


Crude Volatility: The History and the Future of Boom-Bust Oil Prices

by Robert McNally Columbia University Press (January 17, 2017)

Oil is the lifeblood of modern civilization, ranking alongside food as one of our most critical commodities. It drives geopolitical, economic, and financial affairs, as well as environmental debates and policymaking....


Identifying with Nationality

by Will Hanley Columbia University Press (April 04, 2017)

Nationality is the most important legal mechanism for sorting and classifying the world’s population today. An individual’s state of birth or naturalization determines where he or she can and cannot be and...


New York's Yiddish Theater: From the Bowery to Broadway

by Edna Nahshon Columbia University Press (February 02, 2016)

In the early decades of the twentieth century, a vibrant theatrical culture took shape on New York City’s Lower East Side. Original dramas, comedies, musicals, and vaudeville, along with sophisticated productions...


Recovery Revolution

by Claire D. Clark Columbia University Press (May 02, 2017)

In the 1960s, a new addiction-treatment industry arose in America in response to an epidemic of drug use. Over the next five decades, its leaders made a relentless push to rehabilitate the casualties of America’s...


Palestinians in Syria: Nakba Memories of Shattered Communities

by Anaheed Al-Hardan Columbia University Press (April 05, 2016)

One hundred thousand Palestinians fled to Syria after being expelled from Palestine upon the establishment of the state of Israel in 1948. Integrating into society over time, their experience stands in stark...


Everyone Dies Young: Time Without Age

by Marc Augé & Jody Gladding Columbia University Press (April 26, 2016)

We are awash in time, savoring a few moments of it; we project ourselves into it, reinvent it, play with it; we take our time or let it slip away: it is the raw material of our imagination. Age, on the other...


The Freedom Schools: Student Activists in the Mississippi Civil Rights Movement

by Jon N. Hale Columbia University Press (May 31, 2016)

Launched in 1964, the Mississippi Freedom Schools were designed to counteract segregationist policies that inhibited opportunities for black youth. Providing quality, progressive education, they prepared African...


From Resilience to Revolution: How Foreign Interventions Destabilize the Middle East

by Sean L. Yom Columbia University Press (December 01, 2015)

As colonial rule dissolved in the 1930s and 1950s, Middle Eastern autocrats constructed new political states to solidify their reigns, with varying results. Some proved durable despite economic challenges and...


The Making of Salafism: Islamic Reform in the Twentieth Century

by Henri Lauzière Columbia University Press (November 17, 2015)

Some Islamic scholars hold that Salafism is an innovative and rationalist effort at Islamic reform that emerged in the late nineteenth century but disappeared in the mid twentieth. Others argue Salafism is an...


Marx After Marx: History and Time in the Expansion of Capitalism

by Harry Harootunian Columbia University Press (October 13, 2015)

Harry Harootunian questions the claims of “Western Marxism” and its presumption of the final completion of capitalism. If this shift in Marxism reflected the recognition that the expected revolutions were...


Inventing English: A Portable History of the Language

by Seth Lerer Columbia University Press (August 04, 2015)

Seth Lerer tells a masterful history of the English language from the age of Beowulf to the rap of Eminem. Many have written about the evolution of grammar, pronunciation, and vocabulary, but only Lerer situates...


Wiring the World: The Social and Cultural Creation of Global Telegraph Networks

by Simone M. Müller Columbia University Press (April 12, 2016)

The laying of the transatlantic cable in the 1850s sparked a revolution in communication. A message could travel from Newfoundland to Ireland in minutes, collapsing the space among continents, cultures, and...


Who Made Early Christianity?: The Jewish Lives of the Apostle Paul

by John G. Gager, Jr. Columbia University Press (June 16, 2015)

In this philosophical and theological study, John Gager undermines the Apostle Paul’s rejection of Judaism, conversion to Christianity, and founding of Christian anti-Judaism. Through meticulous research and...


Chinese Law in Imperial Eyes: Sovereignty, Justice, and Transcultural Politics

by Li Chen Columbia University Press (December 22, 2015)

Before the First Opium War (1839–1842), China had control over the terms of its relationship with Western powers, refusing to grant foreigners extraterritorial privileges or sign international treaties fully...


Culture of Encounters: Sanskrit at the Mughal Court

by Audrey Truschke Columbia University Press (March 01, 2016)

This rich history documents the fascinating, overlooked exchange between the Persian-speaking Islamic elite of the early Mughal Empire and traditional Sanskrit scholars. The book begins with the invitation of...


The Wheel: Inventions and Reinventions

by Richard W. Bulliet Columbia University Press (January 19, 2016)

In this book, Richard W. Bulliet focuses on three major phases in the evolution of the wheel and their relationship to the needs and ambitions of human society. He begins in 4000 B.C.E. with the first wheels...


Saffron Shadows and Salvaged Scripts: Literary Life in Myanmar Under Censorship and in Transition

by Ellen Wiles Columbia University Press (June 30, 2015)

Until 2012, Myanmar had been ruled for fifty years by one of the most paranoid and repressive censorship regimes in history. The military junta enforced strict reading and writing restrictions in line with their...


The End of Progress: Decolonizing the Normative Foundations of Critical Theory

by Amy Allen Columbia University Press (January 12, 2016)

While post- and decolonial theorists have thoroughly debunked the idea of historical progress as a Eurocentric, imperialist, and neocolonialist fallacy, many of the most prominent contemporary thinkers associated...


Must We Divide History Into Periods?

by Jacques Le Goff & Malcolm DeBevoise Columbia University Press (September 08, 2015)

We have long thought of the Renaissance as a luminous era that marked a decisive break with the past, but the idea of the Renaissance as a distinct period arose only during the nineteenth century. Though the...


Recovering Buddhism in Modern China

by Jan Kiely & J. Brooks Jessup Columbia University Press (March 29, 2016)

Modern Chinese history told from a Buddhist perspective restores the vibrant, creative role of religion in postimperial China. It shows how urban Buddhist elites jockeyed for cultural dominance in the early...


Japan's Security Renaissance: New Policies and Politics for the Twenty-First Century

by Andrew L. Oros Columbia University Press (March 07, 2017)

For decades after World War II, Japan chose to focus on soft power and economic diplomacy alongside a close alliance with the United States, eschewing a potential leadership role in regional and global security....


The Practices of the Enlightenment: Aesthetics, Authorship, and the Public

by Dorothea E. von Mücke Columbia University Press (May 19, 2015)

Rethinking the relationship between eighteenth-century pietistic traditions and Enlightenment thought and practice, The Practices of Enlightenment unravels the complex and often neglected religious origins of...


Political Freud: A History

by Eli Zaretsky Columbia University Press (October 20, 2015)

In this masterful psychological–intellectual history, Eli Zaretsky shows Freudianism to be something more than a method of psychotherapy. When considered alongside the major struggles of the twentieth century,...


Harmattan: A Philosophical Fiction

by Michael D. Jackson Columbia University Press (April 21, 2015)

We all experience qualms and anxieties when we move from the known to the unknown. Though our fulfillment in life may depend on testing limits, our faintheartedness is a reminder of our need for security and...


The Great East Asian War and the Birth of the Korean Nation

by JaHyun Kim Haboush, William J. Haboush & Jisoo Kim Columbia University Press (March 08, 2016)

The Imjin War (1592–1598) was a grueling conflict that wreaked havoc on the towns and villages of the Korean Peninsula. The commitment of Chinese, Japanese, and Korean forces, not to mention the regional scope...


Sebald's Vision

by Carol Jacobs Columbia University Press (September 22, 2015)

W. G. Sebald’s writing has been widely recognized for its intense, nuanced engagement with the Holocaust, the Allied bombing of Germany in WWII, and other episodes of violence throughout history. Through his...


The Japan--South Korea Identity Clash: East Asian Security and the United States

by Brad Glosserman & Scott A. Snyder Columbia University Press (May 26, 2015)

Japan and South Korea are Western-style democracies with open-market economies committed to the rule of law. They are also US allies. However, despite their shared interests, shared values, and geographic proximity,...


Masks of Conquest: Literary Study and British Rule in India

by Gauri Viswanathan Columbia University Press (November 04, 2014)

A classic work in postcolonial studies, Masks of Conquest describes the introduction of English studies in India under British rule and its function as an effective form of political control abetting voluntary...


From Head Shops to Whole Foods: The Rise and Fall of Activist Entrepreneurs

by Joshua C. Davis Columbia University Press (August 08, 2017)

In the 1960s and '70s, a diverse range of storefronts-including head shops, African American bookstores, feminist businesses, and organic grocers-countered corporate power by bringing the work of political movements...


Marching Through Suffering: Loss and Survival in North Korea

by Sandra Fahy Columbia University Press (April 07, 2015)

Marching Through Suffering is a deeply personal portrait of the ravages of famine and totalitarian politics in modern North Korea since the 1990s. Featuring interviews with more than thirty North Koreans who...


A History of Brooklyn Bridge Park: How a Community Reclaimed and Transformed New York City's Waterfront

by Nancy Webster & David Shirley Columbia University Press (October 04, 2016)

By the 1970’s, the Brooklyn piers had become a wasteland on the New York City waterfront. Today they are a stunning park that is enjoyed by countless Brooklynites and visitors from around the world. A History...


Wall Streeters: The Creators and Corruptors of American Finance

by Edward Morris Columbia University Press (October 13, 2015)

The factors that led to the 2008 financial collapse, the terms of America’s postcrisis recovery, the forces expanding corporate and private wealth, and the growing influence of money in politics—many of Wall...


Record of Daily Knowledge and Collected Poems and Essays: Selections

by Yanwu Gu & Ian Johnston Columbia University Press (November 08, 2016)

Gu Yanwu pioneered the late-Ming and early Qing-era practice of Han Learning, or Evidential Learning, favoring practical over theoretical approaches to knowledge. He strongly encouraged scholars to return to...


Socialism of Fools: Capitalism and Modern Anti-Semitism

by Michele Battini, Noor Mazhar & Isabella Vergnano Columbia University Press (April 05, 2016)

Michele Battini targets the critical moment in which anti-Jewish stereotypes morphed into a sophisticated, modern social anti-Semitism. Carefully analyzing obscure texts, Battini recovers the potent, anti-Jewish...


Pulitzer's Gold: A Century of Public Service Journalism

by Roy J. Harris, Jr. Columbia University Press (December 22, 2015)

The Joseph Pulitzer Gold Medal for meritorious public service is an unparalleled American media honor, awarded to news organizations for collaborative reporting that moves readers, provokes change, and advances...


Dams and Development in China: The Moral Economy of Water and Power

by Bryan Tilt Columbia University Press (December 02, 2014)

China is home to half of the world’s large dams and adds dozens more each year. The benefits are considerable: dams deliver hydropower, provide reliable irrigation water, protect people and farmland against...